Ford has recalled 450,000 older model minivans and SUVs for risks from fire and loss of power. The affected vehicles are the 2001 and 2002 Ford Escape compact SUV, and the 2004 and 2005 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans. The Escape has a reservoir cap on its brake master cylinder that can leak brake fluid, which could lead to smoking or even a fire, according to the recall notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are about 245,000 Escapes on the road.
The minivans, of which there are 205,000 on the road, have a torque converter output shaft that can fail, which can cause the vehicle to lose power, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford says it’s aware of two minor accidents attributed to the minivan recall, with minor injuries reported in one and no injury in the other. The company says it’s not aware of any accident or injury involved in the Escape recall, only reports of property damage.
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